Blast from the past
Recently my 9 year old daughter, Micaela, expressed an interest in building a model aircraft. I managed to get hold of the exact same model kit that I built back in 1982 as my first model when I was 10, a Matchbox 1/72 Bristol Beaufighter. I bought this kit from a friend who in turn bought it back in 1974! It took my daughter about 4 hours to slap the parts together whilst old dad explained the finer aspects of model building in the hope of inspiring her to follow in dad’s footsteps. I had to glue the rockets onto the model as these were too difficult for her to handle. Since the kit was about 40 years old I expected the decals to disintegrate once it came into contact with warm water. To my dismay the decals came off the backing paper without any trouble, it did not disintegrate and went onto the model without using any decal setting solution! The model is typical Matchbox, thick multi- coloured plastic with trenches for panel lines. Superb fitment of parts without needing any filler! Seeing my daughter’s delight in finishing this kit, took me back to the early 1980’s when every Saturday afternoon was spent building an Airfix or Matchbox kit. Those were the days!
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